PLEASE ENJOY THESE DEMONSTRATION RECORDINGS OF MY ALBUM IN PROGRESS
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“I am a singer-songwriter. While I possess a broad musical background, I found my initial and most profound songwriting inspiration in the early 1970s in fellow singer-songwriters such as Carole King, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Laura Nyro, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. The songs that I present to you in “Songs in the Great Turning” are a collection that demonstrates the range of styles that I enjoy writing in and where I have found my artistic voice. Composing and recording original music has long been one my greatest pleasures. It is the one constant in a varied life. I have been most fortunate to find warm and appreciative audiences throughout the years I have performed as a musician. Thank you for the opportunity to share some of my music with you.” – McKinley Williams
ABOUT SONGS IN THE GREAT TURNING
Thank you for your interest in Songs in the Great Turning. The urgency found in these songs reflects the sense of destiny that is compelling me to direct my attention toward an expanded vision of who I am and my life purpose. I feel a great sense of purpose and destiny about my role as an artist-educator-leader – first as a citizen of the United States of America, and, finally, as a citizen in our emerging global civilization. The primary catalyst for this cycle of songs is the culmination of many months of reflection about the state of our nation and the world in which we are living.
These demonstration recordings are sketches of four of the twelve songs that will appear on the album. All twelve songs are currently being rearranged and additional musical elements are yet to be added before the CD is made commercially available. While these demonstration recordings are currently not available for download, we hope you will take time to listen to each of them, as they will give you a window into the world of McKinley Williams as musician and performing artist. Please check this page regularly for updates about the progress of the album. We will announce it’s commercial release and offer the CD for purchase here at the site.
My album of original songs, Songs in the Great Turning, refers to two premises. The first premise: “As above, so below” expresses the notion that the global human civilization is in the midst of profound change – a great turning. This turning is manifested in the inner experiences of human beings as well as in the larger systems that contain them, most notably, the natural environment. Let me mention here that I had named my album Songs in the Great Turning before I had any knowledge of Joanna Macy’s work (I believe she was the first to use the phrase The Great Turning in a series of workshops she facilitated) and later when the author and social economist David Korten used it for the title of his book published in 2006.
The second premise, which is a personal one, is that these songs reflect my own great turning from the alienation from my deeper, wiser soul-self to my evolutionary process which led to my embracing a new realization and sense of possibility for myself. What I am describing is a shift in consciousness. This is a development that I am still undergoing and that is requiring a profound shift in my perception of reality. It is both a cognitive revolution and a spiritual awakening. The songs complement my personal story which unfolds in my book. It’s uncanny, and I believe serendipitous, that while I did not set out with the idea that these two products of my creativity would be “a package,” it appears that’s what the universe is bringing forth as a distinct possibility.
I sense that, when completed, my album has the potential of connecting deeply with those who are in the midst of their own personal transformation toward more authentic lives of their own creation. Based on all I observe and read, as well as other information I access from various media sources, there can be no argument that human civilization is at an inflection point. This is what David Korten explains in his book and it is what I’m expressing in my songs. It is a personal journey and also has the potential to be an important cultural touchstone of our time.
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